Push Girl: a fierce, fearless women who doesn't let life's challenges get in the way of what she wants. Every woman who overcomes adversity with a never-say-die attitude and a sense of humor deserves a place in the Push Girl Hall of Fame.
This former helicopter pilot and Iraq War veteran lost both her legs in combat, but that didn’t dampen her resolve. She went on to a high ranking position in the US Department of Veteran Affairs and is now running for Congress. She’s fighting for all the great American institutions that support Push Girls like her in chasing the bright future they dream of. Check out her moving speech from the Democratic National Convention last night:
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Born without a fibula in her right foot, basketball and volleyball champ Katie Holloway became an amputee before turning two … and discovered her love for sports soon after. Recruited by Cal State Northridge for her talent at shooting hoo
ps, Katie then went on to the Paralympic sitting volleyball team where she quickly proved herself an “ace”. Later this year, Katie is set to appear as a special guest on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. This Push Girl has spiked her way into our Hall of Fame for her athletic prowess and her advocacy for people with disabilities.
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Alice Walker sees the world differently, and not just because a childhood accident left her blind in one eye. This civil rights firebrand and talented novelist is famous for penning “The Color Purple”, but she’s also focused on pushing over the status quo, one prejudice at a time. Read her work, and you’ll get true Push Girl inspiration.
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Mother Teresa … her very name means Push Girl. This tiny woman with a big heart inspired generations with her selfless work among the poor, sick, and dying of India. She felt the call to tend humanity, and she more than answered it. Need we say more? Exactly.
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This sharp-witted lawyer, activist and writer, Harriet McBryde Johnson, once described herself as a “disabled, liberal, atheistic Democrat,” but like any Push Girl, her incredible achievements defied categorization. As a very public face of the disability rights movement, she regularly blew minds and challenged assumptions - helping people to get their Social Security, standing up for Congress in the public battle over Terry Schiavo, and speaking up against the “pity based tactics” of certain charity organizations. This wheelchair using Push Girl may be gone, but her fire still burns bright!
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Here’s a headline: Push Girl Takes Journalism By Storm. To get the full scoop, let us introduce you to Katharine Graham. Tasked with taking over “The Washington Post” in 1963, Katharine boldly stepped up to the challenge. Along the way, she brought home quite the array of awards for the mantelpiece, and helped take down a US President in the process. The person that ran the paper during Watergate deserves some of the credit beyond just the reporters, don’t you think? The truth is that all of her accomplishments she did in a male-dominated industry where sometimes even her own employees didn’t accept her. Would it be farfetched to speculate she may be one of the inspirations behind Millennium Trilogy character, Erika Berger. Yes or no, our op-ed says: Never mess with a push girl!
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Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevitch would just be another three punk rockers playing to small crowds if it weren’t for a little thing called Free Speech. These three members of a Russian protest band called Pussy Riot have become international symbols in the fight against repression. Just sentenced to two years in a labor camp for criticizing the government, these women have never given up on their beliefs. And they have done it all with their own unique style. For taking the Push Girl revolution to Red Square, for speaking up where others remain silent, and for making the balaclava the must-have fashion accessory of the season … we proudly join you with our fists in the air.
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Rosa Parks proved that sitting down can be a stand-up statement. While history may depict her famous refusal to get up from her bus seat as a spontaneous protest, this incredible woman had activist credentials that stretched well beyond. But, it was her famous 1955 act of civil disobedience that became a watershed event in civil rights activism and forever changed America for the better. It is for this uncompromising spirit in the face of repression that Rosa Parks takes her rightful seat in the Push Girl Hall of Fame.
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Josephine Baker was a singer, dancer, spy, activist, paragon of beauty, and member of social circles that included luminaries like Langston Hughes, Pablo Picasso, and Ernest Hemingway. Not bad, eh? She wowed audiences in her adopted France, worked for the resistance in the WWII, and returned back to the States to integrate concert halls and fight in the civil rights movement. If you think she sounds like a busy lady, wait until you hear about her 12 kids! This Push Girl was simply amazing.
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